Election Roundup: Key Races

Pa. Democrat Wagner Re-elected as Auditor General

Democrat Jack Wagner has won re-election as Pennsylvania's auditor general. With 75 percent of precincts reporting he has 63 percent of the vote. He was challenged by Republican Chet Beiler, a Lancaster County businessman.

Pa. Attorney General Goes to Corbett

The race for attorney general remained close but Incumbent Tom Corbett staved off Democratic challenger John Morganelli.

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Morganelli had accused the Republican attorney general of mishandling an investigation into alleged corruption in the Legislature.

PA Democrat McCord Leading in State Treasurer Race

Venture capitalist Rob McCord is leading in the race for the open seat of state treasurer with 59 percent of the vote. Republican bond lawyer Tom Ellis had 39 percent.

N.J. Democrat John Adler Wins 3rd Dist. Congressional Seat

John Adler has given Democrats control of a congressional seat held by a Republican for more than two decades. The 49-year-old Adler defeated Medford Mayor Chris Myers.

The race was closely watched nationally; Democrats saw it as a chance to pick up a seat in an area long dominated by Republicans. The district, which includes parts of Burlington, Camden and Ocean Counties, had been represented for more than two decades by Republican Jim Saxton, who is retiring.

Myers and Adler held a series of debates. Each candidate accused his opponent of being part of the problem with the political establishment -- Adler because he has been a state lawmaker for 16 years and Myers because he works with his company's lobbyists.

N.J. Andrews Re-elected to Congressional Seat

Democratic Rep. Rob Andrews has been re-elected to the congressional seat he had promised to vacate earlier this year to mount a campaign for the U.S. Senate.

The 51-year-old Andrews easily fended off a challenge from Republican challenger Dale Glading to win his 10th term representing the 1st District, which includes parts of Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties.

Andrews vowed to step down from his congressional seat whether he won or lost his Democratic primary challenge to incumbent Sen. Frank Lautenberg. But, after he was defeated in the Democratic primary, Andrews reversed course and got back into the race.

His wife, Camille Andrews, had been on the ballot but dropped out to make way for her husband.

N.J. Republican Frank LoBiondo Re-elected to Congress

Republican Frank LoBiondo has won re-election to an eighth term in Congress. The 60-year-old LoBiondo defeated Democrat Dave Kurkowski in the heavily Republican 2nd Congressional District in South Jersey.

LoBiondo, who was first elected in 1994, recently voted against the $700 billion financial bailout plan, favoring a "September 11th-type" commission to examine how the crisis occurred and how to prevent it.

Kurkowski is a Cape May City Councilman and owner of a market research firm.

N.J. Ballot Question on Appointing Judges Rejected.
 
A measure that would allow local officials, rather than the governor, to appoint joint municipal judges who serve multiple communities has been rejected by New Jersey voters.

State law mandated that shared municipal judges had to be appointed by the governor and approved by the state Senate. The ballot question would have allowed the Legislature to create methods for local officials to appoint judges even when more than one town is involved.

The New Jersey League of Municipalities supported the ballot question not only because it would help towns work together, but because it would give more control to local officials.

Pa. Democrats Brady, Fattah, Doyle Re-elected to Congress

Three Democratic Congressmen representing urban districts in Pennsylvania have won re-election.

As expected in the Philadelphia area, Reps. Bob Brady and Chaka Fattah beat their Republican opponents. In Pittsburgh, Rep. Mike Doyle has handily beat a Green Party candidate.

Del. Democrat Jack Markell New Governor

Democratic state treasurer Jack Markell has defeated retired judge Bill Lee in the Delaware governor's race.

The call is based on an analysis of voter interviews, conducted for The Associated Press by Edison Media Research and Mitofsky International.

Markell's victory over Lee, a Republican making his third bid for governor, was preceded by Markell's stunning upset over Lt. Gov. John Carney in the Democratic primary -- the most expensive gubernatorial primary in state history.

Carney had been endorsed by many members of the Democratic Party establishment, including Gov. Ruth Ann Minner. Minner, who couldn't seek re-election because of term limits, will hand over the reins of government to Markell in January.

Del. Republican Michael Castle Re-elected to Congress

Republican Michael Castle has been re-elected to a ninth term as Delaware's lone representative in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The call of Castle's win over Democrat Karen Hartley-Nagle is based on an analysis of voter interviews, conducted for The Associated Press by Edison Media Research and Mitofsky International.

While there was strong anti-Republican sentiment among voters across the country, Castle's centrist reputation may have helped him retain his seat in Congress, where the former two-term governor is the longest-serving representative in Delaware history.

During the campaign, Hartley-Nagle tried to pin blame on Castle, a member of the House Financial Services committee, for the financial meltdown that led to the nation's economic crisis.

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